Children's social care

Children's social care guidance:

Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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General Adoption applications generally arise in three situations: • when children are the subject of placement orders, usually in the context of care proceedings, see...

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Principles With the abolition of the power to apply for freeing orders, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002) introduced a framework for authorising the placement...

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Undocumented migrants claiming to be children While this Practice Note is not limited to unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), this is the group that a...

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Changes were made in relation to appeals as a result of the introduction of the single Family Court with effect from 22 April 2014, see Practice Note: Appeals—general...

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Circumstances in which a special guardianship order may be made The court may make a special guardianship order (SGO): • as the result of a free-standing application by...

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Claim for asylum A claim for asylum includes a claim under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) where the applicant states that if removed to their...

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Care orders What is a care order and what is its purpose? A care order is an order granted by the family court which allows a designated local authority to share parental...

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Chapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities to consider additional general needs, known as principles,...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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This Practice Note details the circumstances in which a child may be a party to public law children proceedings, the procedure for the appointment of a children's...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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This Practice Note considers recent court decisions on whether a parent can consent to the confinement of their child which, absent valid consent, would amount to a...

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The welfare of more than one child In situations where the welfare of two children who have conflicting interests is inextricably linked, the court must decide whether...

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Planning for adoption and contact The issue of contact must be addressed in the social worker’s permanency report and also by the agency decision-maker. In the rare cases...

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This tracker is focused on children’s social care and is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other...

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General principles In children proceedings the general rule that costs will follow the event does not apply. Express statutory provision is made in the Family Procedure...

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This Practice Note aims to provide guidance on the often controversial issue of local authority designation for the purposes of section 31 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA...

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Duration of special guardianship orders A special guardianship order (SGO) will continue until the child attains the age of 18 unless it is discharged sooner by an order...

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What is a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and when is it used? A Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37-38 and CA 2020, Sch 16, Pt 1, para...

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Child arrangements orders Amendments made to section 8(1) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) removed the concepts of 'contact order' and 'residence order' and inserted...

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This Practice Note deals with evidence in public children proceedings including admissibility, credibility, competence and compellability. It also details the provisions...

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This Practice Note deals with expert evidence in public law children proceedings, including in care and adoption proceedings. It details the relevant statutory provisions...

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